AFTER5 ENTERTAINMENTNEWSPAPER PRESENTSTHE NONPROFIT ISSUE
By Mike Peterson, Owner of After5
I wanted to take a pause in our coverage of area entertainment andevents at After5 and focus on the people and organizations thatmake this community great. So what we did is reach out to a hand-ful of nonprofit organizations and get to know a little bit abouttheir missions, their stories and upcoming events. In the end, there are so many organizations and people, too manyto count (at least for me), so this is by no means a comprehensivelisting of nonprofits in the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks area. Butwe could and tried to do is offer a glimpse into the spirit of the giving heart, the volunteer. It is our hope that the “Nonprofit Issue” will be a popular staplewith people and maybe, just maybe encourage someone to lend ahand and help out in the community. There might just be some-thing for you between these pages. Whether it’s participating inoutdoor activities with Ground Up Adventures, helping build ahouse with Habitat for Humanity, or assisting people with disabili-ties at Development Homes, we believe you might be able to find away.Enjoy.Mike
PUTTING THE COMMUNITY IN COMMUNITY THEATRE ATFIRE HALL THEATRE
By Kathy Coudle-King, Executive Director
It’s been 50 years since the “official” start of the conflict, which weknow as the Vietnam War, and almost 40 years since it ended, butthe ghosts of that war have not been laid to rest. The upcoming drama, Last of the Boys, revolves around two Viet-nam Vets, a widow, a daughter, and the ghosts that will not be exor-cised. The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre (GGFCT) is a non- profit, established in 1947. Often “community theatre” is associ-ated with amateur acting, door bells that dong after the actor hasentered, phones that ring after the person has picked it up. Whilethere’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, the quality of theatreone can see at the Fire Hall, the physical home of the GGFCT, willnot disappoint. Further, the word “community” is taken literally at the Fire HallTheatre in Grand Forks. The 109-year old building is a placewhere the community can come together in a relaxed atmosphere– young and old – student and professional – to laugh, but also to ex- plore important issues. Last of the Boys is one of those plays that will haunt you long after you leave the theatre, much like the characters are haunted on stage by their demons and lost loved ones. Organizers have added layersof programming to this production. For instance, since late Janu-ary Veterans have been participating in free monologue writingworkshops in Minot, Bismarck, Dickinson and Grand Forks. TheGreater Grand Forks Community Theatre – indeed! This little non- profit sure gets around. These writers’ words will be shared duringintermission for Last of the Boys. The names of ND Vietnam Vet-erans killed in action or still considered MIA will be on view in thelobby. And in May, the Veterans in the writing project will descendupon GF for a free, public reading, on the 22nd in anticipation of Memorial Day. A community theatre is a unique nonprofit entity. Yes, it’s a placewhere those who love theatre arts can dabble in the craft, but it’salso a place where stories are shared in the age-old tradition of gathering around the glow of the fire. Secrets are spoken; thingsthat one might never speak in the light of day can be told in thedarkness of the theatre. And as the audience breathes together,laughs together, and sometimes even cries together, that sense of community grows. Community Theatre is more than just amateur entertainers gathering to put on a play. Community Theatre iscommunity building at its most entertaining. Last of the Boys, co produced by Home of Economy, plays April17 – May 3; 7:30 p.m., Thurs – Saturday, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on April 27th. No show Easter Sunday. Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors, students, and military. Please call 777-4090 to re-serve. Directed by Kathy Coudle-King, assisted by Patrick Pearson, per-formed by Rob Howard, Cameron Burton, Jerry Whery, EmilyElisabeth Caballero, and Sandy Grissom. Musical accompaniment by Ron Franz. Set design by Jeff Kinney, Jared Kinney, CJ Leigh,and Kim Wilson and the Mountainbrook artists. Dramaturgy byMatt Hegdahl and Michael Harvey. Supported in part by the Cityof Grand Forks through the North Valley Arts Council, the ND Hu-manities Council and the ND Council on the Arts.
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